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Near Collision For Jet Headed To New Bern

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A near miss at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Friday involved a jet bound for New Bern in Craven County.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Officials say U-S Airways Express flight 2390 bound for New Bern was cleared for takeoff on runway 18L in Charlotte and started on its takeoff roll. They say that's when another plane, a single engine turboprop, was also cleared to taxi into position on that same runway.

A warning system alerted controllers to the problem, and the turboprop plane saw the jet and taxied to the side of the runway. The jet bound for New Bern stopped about 10 feet from the turboprop.

No one was hurt on either plane, and investigators are trying to figure out how this near collision happened.

Below is the report from the NTSB:

"The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a runway incursion that occurred on Friday morning at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) involving a general aviation aircraft and a regional jet airliner bound for New Bern, NC (EWN).

At about 10:17 a.m. on May 29, a PSA Airlines CRJ-200 regional jet operated as US Airways Express flight 2390, was cleared for takeoff on runway 18L. After the regional jet was into its takeoff roll, a Pilatus PC-12, a single engine turboprop aircraft, was cleared to taxi into position and hold farther down the same runway in preparation for a departure roll that was to begin at the taxiway A intersection.

After the ground-based collision warning system (ASDE-X) alerted controllers to the runway incursion, the takeoff clearance for the regional jet was cancelled.

The pilot of the PC-12, seeing the regional jet coming down the runway on a collision course, taxied the PC-12 to the side of the runway. The FAA reported that the regional jet stopped approximately 10 feet from the PC-12.

Visual meteorological conditions prevailed with 9 miles visibility. There were no reported injuries to any of the 42 passengers or crew of three aboard the jet, or to any of those on the PC-12."


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